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Institute for Transport Studies

MA Transport Economics


MA Transport Economics This programme is the only course of its type in the UK and develops a unique skills-set. It extends the understanding of economic methodologies and applies these to the transport sector. Students learn to use economics to first understand and then address transport issues.

A set of core methodologies underpin the programme: • • • • •

Welfare economics, appraisal and cost-benefit analysis Economics of production and efficiency measurement Pricing of transport and network industries Regulatory economics Econometric analysis - theory and applied.

The emphasis is on enabling students to formulate and critically analyse key policy questions, such as: - What are the true costs of transport and how can they be measured effectively? - Should users pay directly for their contribution to environmental costs? - How does the level of taxation influence people’s choice of transport? - Has congestion charging been a success and should it be extended? - What role should the state play in owning and operating public transport? - Which forms of regulation are most effective?

Modules Principles of Transport Economics Welfare Economics and Cost Benefit Analysis Principles of Transport Modelling Transport Data Collection and Analysis

Economics of Transport Regulation Transport Econometrics Choice of optional modules Dissertation

Entry requirements Applicants should have a good honours degree in economics (single or joint) or a related discipline. Other graduates and holders of professional qualifications may also be considered. Where applicable, non-UK students need to demonstrate proficiency in English language.

Scholarships Both ITS and the University offer a number of scholarships each year for UK, EU and international applicants. These range from partial fee payment to full awards of up to £14,000 tax free.

Careers The transport sector suffers from a skills shortage, meaning that those with a postgraduate qualification are ideally placed for employment and rapid career progression. Consultancies are the largest employers of ITS graduates, but other destinations include local and central government, operators, logistics, not-for-profit, regulatory bodies and international agencies.

Interested? For further details about the programme, open days, funding, part-time study options and more please visit www.its.leeds.ac.uk or contact ITS via email: courses@its.leeds.ac.uk or telephone: +44 (0)113 343 5325

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MA Transport Economics